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American Psychiatric Association Description
MedlinePlus: Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview
*Medline Plus Overview: Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview (medlineplus.gov)
"It is called a "spectrum" disorder because people with ASD can have a range of symptoms. People with ASD might have problems talking with you, or they might not look you in the eye when you talk to them. They may also have restricted interests and repetitive behaviors. They may spend a lot of time putting things in order, or they may say the same sentence again and again. They may often seem to be in their "own world.""
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Screening (medlineplus.gov/)
ASD screening is the first step in diagnosing the disorder. While there is no cure for ASD, early treatment can help reduce autism symptoms and improve quality of life.
National Institute of Mental Health
EXCERPT: Behavioral, psychological, and educational interventions
People with ASD may be referred to a health care provider who specializes in providing behavioral, psychological, educational, or skill-building interventions. These programs are typically highly structured and intensive, and they may involve caregivers, siblings, and other family members. These programs may help people with ASD:
- Learn social, communication, and language skills
- Reduce behaviors that interfere with daily functioning
- Increase or build upon strengths
- Learn life skills necessary for living independently